An internal medicine physician specializes in whole-body care for adults. Also called internists, Primary Care Physicians (PCPs), or general practitioners, these doctors focus on the interactions of all your body systems and know how to help you with just about every complaint you may have: from asthma to arthritis, headaches to high blood pressure, and dizziness to diabetes.
A PCP from MedStar Health is your best asset when it comes to living a strong, healthy life. Each provides routine preventive care, diagnosis, and treatment for problems from the common to the not-so-common. MedStar internists also teach healthy lifestyles choices, emphasizing wellness rather than illness. With education and assistance on diet, exercise, mental health, and stress reduction, among others—plus the compassionate attention of a doctor every step of the way—the MedStar Health community can be healthy from head to toe.
PCPs are specially trained to serve as a patient's main doctor over the course of many years. Although your health plan may not require you to have a PCP, having one offers several advantages. Your PCP gets to know you, your family history, and your medical history—knowing this about your overall health, he or she can offer the best treatment advice. And, because your PCP keeps track of your screenings, he or she can remind you to schedule them, which can help detect problems earlier.
Primary Care Services
MedStar Health has a wide-range of services to address a variety of medical needs, including:
- Preventive medicine
- Sick care and injuries
- Chronic medical condition management
- Urgent medical care
- Annual and sports physicals
- School forms
- Immunizations, including flu shots
- Preoperative consults
- Health promotion and education
How do I choose an internist/PCP?
Your PCP is often involved in your care for a long time—and is the first person you call if you have a health problem—so it is important to select someone with whom you can have a comfortable and honest relationship. It’s a good idea to choose a doctor who listens carefully to your concerns, explains things clearly and fully, shows respect for you, and anticipates your health problems. The doctor also should allow you to ask questions and should provide answers that you can understand.
You want to make sure your internist/PCP is board certified. This means—like MedStar Health’s board-certified physicians—they have had training after medical school and passed an examine certifying them as specialists in their field.
It’s also a good idea to ask:
- What insurance do you accept?
- Who sees patients when you are out of town?
- How long does it take to get an appointment for a routine visit?
- How long does it take to get an appointment for urgently needed care?
MedStar Health primary care/internal medicine physicians are not just doctors—they are your partners in health care, committed to providing you and your family with the best care. Find a doctor today.
What if I need to see a specialist?
Since MedStar St. Mary's internal medicine physicians treat just about every part of a body, they are experts into directing you to a specialist, should you ever need to see one. Not only that, they can manage and guide your care, explain your options, and make recommendations based on their familiarity with your needs, even when other doctors get involved.
Managing a chronic health condition can be challenging, especially for those with limited access to transportation. With our AccessHealth program, getting the support you need to get well and stay well is easy. Our program provides clinical care coordination performed by registered nurses, who will visit your home and make a Care Plan that meets your needs. He or she will go over your medical history with you and record all your medications, learn about any conditions or diseases you may have, and review your diet with you. This will help you stay well and at home in your community. If needed, a clinical care coordinator will accompany you to healthcare appointments.
MedStar Health Primary Care
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